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Three things: Recently

Book with tissue paper flower (made by BK)
  1. Reading: Last night I stayed up waaaaaay too late reading a book. And the kicker is I still quit at only 88%, according to my Kindle. So many questions unanswered! There was just no way to stay up any later and make it to work this morning. (I was reading “How the light gets in” by Louise Penny.)
  2. Dreaming: I also fell down the rabbit hole last night when I came across these amazing advent calendars on Etsy. I looooove them. I am so tempted to scrap my knitted countdown (whatever holiday that ends up being for) and just make a ton of these. I initially saw the reindeer one, but BK said she really liked the snow globe one, and after reading about it, I like the snow globe one, too – because a lot of the days use pre-made pom poms! I’ve almost even convinced myself I could pull off the snow globe one before December 1 (yikes! my delusion is strong). Regardless, I would also love to make the birthday one (what a fun idea!) and maybe just the ornaments that go on the Halloween one. She also has a free heart pattern you can sign up for, and I’m tempted to scrap all the little knitted ones and make 14 hearts for Valentine’s Day. But then again, BK has been after me to knit this little superhero girl.  So that one will have to get done one way or the other.
  3. Planning: to knit this Peanut vest for a dear friend’s little boy. This pattern is so darling, and am looking forward to purchasing some yarn for it this weekend!
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Three things: Hawaii

As I mentioned last week, Mr Snips and I recently came back from Hawaii. I wanted to share a few things we did while there.

  1. We hiked out to the active lava flow. This was the coolest thing we did. It took a 30-minute bicycle ride and then an hour out walk to find it, but it was totally worth it. How many opportunities do you get to see new earth being made? Incredible. Below are some snaps from our hike and of the lava flow. In the first, I have helpfully circled where the active lava was, because I had to zoom out quite a bit to also get the rainbow in the frame! 
  2. We ate lunch by a volcano crater. I promise the crater is out this window in the picture, but it was drizzly and difficult to see. Photo credit: Mr Snips, because I did not take a picture of my food. 🙂
  3. We saw lots of rainbows and sunsets. One of my favorite shots is from Volcanoes National Park where I captured one in the side mirror of our car. 

My favorite sunset shot was this one – the beautiful light shooting through the clouds – again captured from our car. The benefit of a convertible is you can just turn around and snap a photo, without worrying about trying to focus through a window. 


Of course, we also did tons of lounging by the pool and the ocean, often while reading. It was very relaxing and simply fantastic. 

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Halloween: A knitting odyssey

Yesterday at lunch, we were talking about how cold it was going to be for trick-or-treating (much colder than usual), and Mr Snips said we’d need to take a hat for BK. A hat. And I thought, why didn’t I think of that? Because BK was going as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and I have a fabulous skein of Cowabunga from BAH Yarns in the stash… and she NEEDS THAT HAT IMMEDIATELY for trick-or-treating. I felt like this was a major oversight for a knitter. I also loved the idea of the challenge.

So I zoomed home after work and cast on.

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I did as much knitting as possible while trying to eat a quick dinner and putting several layers of clothes on my kid. I took any chance I could to knit even a stitch. I knew I couldn’t get it done before trick-or-treating started, but I thought maybe I could get it finished before dark. So I packed everything I needed, including a Knit Kit and DPNs, threw it in my cute Telephone Box bag, and started walking and knitting as we began trick-or-treating. (Mitts are October Leaves Fingerless Mitts)

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Eventually, my fingertips started going numb and I decided to pack it away. I was sad to admit defeat.

I picked it up again after we were very snugly back in our warm house. By bedtime, I had done the first row of decreases.

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My hope is to finish it up today! Even though it’s too late for trick-or-treating, she still loves TMNT, and she will need it for all of the chilly days ahead. It was good motivation to knock out so much of it in one go, and it’s all decreases from here.

I hope you all had a fabulous Halloween! I’ll leave you with a spooky moon shot from last night!

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